Fowl Play

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Project by Spoontaneous posted 04-17-2013 02:36 PM 3373 views 11 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi folks ~ A couple of more spoons came about.

I call the first one ‘Fowl Play’. Even though this is a rare bird (one of a kind actually), pretty much any ornithologist could identify this as a Black-footed, BB eyed Spooner. I saw these metal bird feet for sale on Etsy and had been wanting to try something along these lines.

The wood is maple with a beak of ebony and Macassar ebony. The eyeballs are those little BBs that shoot through an air rifle. I painted the feet with acrylics. The bird has migrated to California but I think it was about 11” long.

‘Gape’ is a weird looking spoon. The piece of wood had a limb scar with a hollow in it and to me it looks like a gaping mouth of sorts. Not sure of the wood…

‘Chopstick Cheater’ came about when my wife dragged me to one of those quasi-Asian restaurants…. where a fellow can find out just how clumsy his hands can be. I ended up stabbing the meat with the pointy end of the chopsticks but a spoon had to be called upon for the rice and such. So I toted a pair of the sticks home.. and to the shop.. and made my own eating apparatus. The bowl is amboyna.

I call the next one ‘Nile Goddess’ since I loosely based it on an artifact from 4000 B.C. described that way. The old one had a bird head but I was done with birds for a while. This is a piece of buckthorn a kind feller sent me from MN last year. The spoon looks to be about 5” or so.

The ‘Apple and Ebony’ spoon is one of those fairly good ideas with poor execution. I laminated the ebony onto the apple before carving….. and realized much later that it would have been much easier to carve and file the ebony BEFORE gluing it down. Anyways…. this is one of those “I wish I had a scroll saw” projects.

The ‘Walnut Coffee Scoop’ came out of a box of scraps that Greg (Oregon burls) sent me. It should have only take a couple of hours to carve but I have this knack for multiplying things…. like time. (Not money.)

The ‘Macadamia Swirl’ spoon came from some wood I ordered from Hawaii last year. When it was ‘green’ it had this beautiful deep pink color and as it has dried….. all the color has long since faded. But the grain is still kind of pretty and right under the bark there is this nice texture, which is featured in this spoon.

‘She Loves Me’ is a sort of retake of a previous spoon. I like this one a little better since I got the sapwood matched up better…. and I thought it might be better to have the ‘plucked’ petals nearby. Cedar wood.

I mentioned in my last post that a kind lady from Texas had sent me some wood and refused my offer to reimburse her for shipping cost. I warned her that I always get in the ‘last word’ and this is it. Before she ever sent the wood she had mentioned that she liked a lizard spoon that I had sold. So this ‘Spotted Lizard’ is going to show up on her door step with a note that reads… “The Last Word”. Mahogany and silver wire.

The next two are from a tree down here in So. FL the locals call Florida Cherry but is better known as Surinam Cherry. Not a cherry at all and the fruit looks more like little red pumpkins than cherries. A fellow from work had his tree trimmed and saved me a piece. I wasn’t very excited about it as the branch was very heavy and nondescript. But I really, really like this wood. It IS a bit like cherry in the grain… but tighter and finishes out quite smoothly (not without effort).

The first one is a 14 inch functional cooking spoon… or whatever. The second one I call a ‘Sugar spoon’. It has a very slender bowl and so wouldn’t be too good for eating with unless you have a little teeny tiny mouth. I really like this little spoon for some reason.

This next one is a weird looking spoon with the bark left on the back of the spoon. Not sure what to call it so on the computer it is named ‘Weird Looking Spoon with Bark Back’.

Another ‘Limb Scar’ spoon.

And lastly (finally) this little spoon I just call ‘Eatin Spoon’. I was working down in Miami and saw these guys painting a house where the large shrubs had been cut out, presumably to make room for new landscaping. I used the three Spanish words I know, along with many awkward hand motions to ask if I could have some of the wood. Not sure if they understood me or not… but they nodded up and down.

So I went back the next day with my pruning saw and there was a lady at the mailbox watching me suspiciously as I got out of the truck and moved towards her. After telling her about the ‘conversation’ I had with the painters the day before she finally gave me the go ahead to cut some branches. I think it is a sort of boxwood… but definitely not ‘English’. This is the first spoon from that haul.

As Porky Pig was known to say….. “That’s all folks!”

Thanks for having a look.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 04-17-2013 02:46 PM

You’re one of the few here that brings more than just skills. Your vision and imagination take your work to a level of its own.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-17-2013 03:30 PM

You are the finest maker of spoons around. I love the duck spoon and the lizard spoon especially. I’ll have to give it a try someday.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 04-17-2013 03:35 PM

Love “Fowl Play”. So creative. The lizard caught my eye as well. Nicely done. They are both too nice to actually use.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#4 posted 04-17-2013 03:58 PM

how much effort did it take to get Fowl Play to balance?

just extraordinary work. You have such vision, to “see” the possibilities.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 04-17-2013 04:04 PM

Thank y’all for the comments. I appreciate them.

Debbie ~ It was actually pretty easy to balance. I left some play in the drilled sockets to change the angle if needed… and… the feet can also be bent ‘slightly’ to fine tune. I am working on a spoon now though that will be a bit more challenging to balance.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#6 posted 04-17-2013 04:32 PM

aw .. I wondered if it had something to do with the eyes. The bendy legs would definitely help!!

I look forward to seeing the next one.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 04-17-2013 05:44 PM

Nice job. Congrats!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#8 posted 04-17-2013 05:54 PM

These are more sculptures with a spoon theme than just spoons. Very creative designs and excellent craftsmanship.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 04-17-2013 05:59 PM

Beautiful, Great Job!!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 04-17-2013 06:03 PM

amazing spoons

-- Joel

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#11 posted 04-17-2013 06:58 PM

You are perhaps our Premier Spoon Maker! Quite an imagination and talent you have.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 04-17-2013 07:34 PM

Cool as always. Nice set of spoons.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#13 posted 04-17-2013 07:37 PM

HOW FUN! I adore the animal spoons..the bird with feet, made me break out in a big grin.

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#14 posted 04-17-2013 08:21 PM

What an amazing set of work.
I am just in awe. And what fun too.

Thank you for posting all of these.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 04-17-2013 08:43 PM

You’re spoons are fantastic. I swear I saw ‘fowl play’ at my feeder the other day, but as we still have several inches of snow on the ground, I may have been mistaken. Thank you for sharing your work.

-- Jim, Minnesota

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